European Journal of International Management
Contextualizing Top Management Teams
Guest Editors:
Sibel Yamak, Galatasaray University, Turkey
Sabina Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark & University of Technology 
Sydney, Australia
Alessandro Minichilli, Bocconi University, Italy
Alejandro Escribá-Esteve, University of Valencia, Spain

Top managers are considered the most influential decision-makers for firms’ 
strategy and a large body of research presents evidence for executive effects in 
different settings. Yet only recently have researchers started to pay attention 
to the role of the social and environmental contexts in which top management 
teams (TMTs) are embedded. Top executives are often informed, influenced, and 
sometimes constrained by others both inside and outside the organization. As a 
result, upper echelons face diverse challenges and opportunities when operating 
in a variety of different contexts. Contextual factors at the team, 
organizational, industry and country level are considered not only important 
determinants of executive composition but also moderating forces shaping the 
consequences of executive characteristics for firm strategy and performance. In 
addition, the extent to which top managers matter and exert an influence on 
their firms differ with national level institutional settings and there is an 
increased interest in the cross-national variation in executive effects.   

This special issue aims to advance our theoretical and empirical understanding 
of the interplay between top management teams and different layers of context as 
well as the dynamic interactions between the contexts and firm strategies (such 
as international and business strategies). We encourage in particular new 
theoretical and empirical approaches that introduce a more European perspective. 
At the same time, we welcome papers from authors from all over the world. We 
invite submissions that discuss implications for international management in 
Europe and beyond. The following list is indicative of the types of 
contributions which may be appropriate. However it is not intended to be 
exhaustive and rather is illustrative: 

Subject Coverage
	1. Literature reviews and state-of-the-art papers, which will encourage the 
debate about the role of context in top management team research and discuss 
theoretical and empirical challenges for future TMT research. 

	2. Conceptual papers focusing on the special theme “Top Management Teams & 
Business Strategy: Contextualizing TMTs”. We particularly welcome papers that 
use an interdisciplinary approach and combine different theoretical perspectives 
to explain the impact of contextual factors on the antecedents and consequences 
of TMT strategic behavior. 

	3. Empirical papers contextualizing different TMT research topics, such as: the 
role of social, organizational, national, global and environmental contexts on 
TMT motivational and cognitive bases; TMT dynamics and behavior; interactions 
and power relations between TMT and other stakeholders; executive compensation, 
turnover and succession; among others.
Notes for Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently 
under consideration for publication elsewhere.
All papers are refereed through a peer review process.  A guide for authors, 
sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available 
on the Author Guidelines page (
Important Dates
Final paper submission deadline: July 31, 2011 
Publication release: January 2013
Editors and Notes
You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail 
(details in Author Guidelines) to:
Sabina Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School
Department of International Economics and Management
Porcelanshaven 24a
2000 Frederiksberg
Tel. +4538152524
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Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of 
the Journal and the name of the Guest Editors.
Below is a brief bio of each co-editor:
Sibel Yamakis professor of management at Galatasaray University. She has a 
doctorate in Organisation Theory from Bosphorous University . Her publications 
focus on business elites, top management teams, governance and corporate social 
performance. In 2007, she received Emerald LiteratiNetwork award. She was a 
visiting scholar in different universities such as the Panthéon Sorbonne 
University, Strasbourg Louis Pasteur University, Manouba University, Manchester 
University among others. She is a member of the editorial board of British 
Journal of Management and Society and Business Review. She has co-chaired 
Business elites and top management teams sub-track and Corporate Governance 
track at the European Academy of Management. She has been an Executive Committee 
member of the Academy of Management MED Division (USA) since 1999, as Country 
Liaison, International Membership Coordinator, Division Research Coordinator 
Elect, and Division Research Coordinator.
Sabina Nielsenis assistant professor at the Department of International 
Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School and University of 
Technology Sydney, Australia. She received her Ph.D. from University of St. 
Gallen, Switzerland and was a visiting scholar at University of Washington, 
Seattle, USA. Her dissertation won the European International Business Academy 
(EIBA) best dissertation proposal award in 2003 and was nominated for the Barry 
Richman Best Dissertation Award at the Academy of Management (AOM) in 
Philadelphia , USA and the Gunnar Hedlund Best Dissertation Award at the EIBA in 
Catania , Italy in 2007. Her research has been published in international 
scholarly journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business 
Ethics, Strategic Organization, Management International Review, Journal of 
World Business etc. and in Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management, 
the Academy of International Business and the European Academy of Management. 
Her research interests include the composition, dynamics and decision-making of 
top management teams and boards of directors. Dr. Nielsen has co-chaired the 
Business Elites and Top Management Teams subtrack at the European Academy of 
Management since 2008. 

Alessandro Minichilliis assistant professor of corporate governance at Bocconi 
University in Milan, where he received his Ph.D. in 2004. He has worked as 
visiting scholar at Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, and is currently 
visiting professor at IESE Business School. His research interests are in the 
area of boards and governance and top management teams, with a specific focus on 
family businesses. His research has been published in international journals 
such as Journal of Management Studies, Corporate Governance: an International 
Review and British Journal of Management, and in Best Paper Proceedings of the 
Academy of Management and the European Academy of Management (Euram). He is 
member of the Editorial Review Board of the Family Business Review, and ad-hoc 
Reviewer for several leading international journals. Recently, he has co-chaired 
together with Alejandro Escriba-Esteve the first EIASM international workshop on 
top management teams, which was held in Valencia, March 2010.
Alejandro Escriba-Esteveis associate professor of strategic management at the 
University of Valencia and he has worked as a visiting professor at HEC Montreal 
(Canada). He received his Ph.D. in management from the University of Valencia in 
1999, and his current research is focused on the impact of TMT on firms’ 
strategic orientation and strategic choices, with special attention to strategic 
entrepreneurship, strategic alliances and internationalization. He has published 
his work in international peer reviewed journals such as British Journal of 
Management, International Small Business Journal, International Marketing 
Review, Management International, and Journal of Knowledge Management. He is 
member of the Board of EURAM since 2009 as well as member of the Board of ACEDE 
(Scientific Association of Economy and Business Management) since 2008. Prof. 
Escribá-Esteve has participated as co-chair of the TMT subtrack at the European 
Academy of Management during the last two years. Recently, he has also 
co-chaired the first EIASM international Workshop on Top Management Teams & 
Business Strategy.

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